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on March 29, 2015
I've been waiting a few months before writing about these to see how I felt over the long term. There is nothing quite like the Klipsch heritage sound. These have a musicality that's wonderful. I don't notice any horn coloration. These speakers are like espresso to your music, they bring life and energy and excitement to it. They make it hard to ignore or listen to casually, but that's a good thing. They hold your attention, the sound flows out beautifully. That's not to say these speakers have a brash sound, not at all. They sound smooth. Their dynamics are what makes you listen to the music. The horn in Louis Armstrong's La vie en Rose is incredible, and Armstrong's voice has authority. Electronic music sounds amazing as well, Enigma just fills the room. We're so used to listening to music in the background on lo fidelity systems we can easily ignore any music. Not with these. If you want to relax, better make sure you play relaxing music. These speakers are easy to drive. They image and disappear nicely, not beyond their sides. Soundstage is not as deep or wide as conventional cone speakers, if you can physically space these apart though they'll give plenty of width. Some critics also say it's not as detailed as other speakers. I'm not so sure about that, maybe in the audiophile realm of micro-nuances perhaps. I've owned NHT, PSB, B&W, Vandersteen and heard $100k systems. None of the speakers in this price range have the musical satisfaction these give me, although I still love my Vandy model 2 and keep them in a separate system. Some $50-$100k systems I've heard don't sound as musically involving as these do. B&W 802 diamond on a Audio Research amps I heard last obviously month sound better, but these speakers get you 80%+ there for next to nothing compared to the high end system. Only down sides, besides a little compromise on soundstage and imaging, they can sound a little forward if pushed too hard for the room. Don't be afraid to crank them up, that's where the excel, but if they sound a little hard or forward at too high volume, it's probably your room acoustics as much as the speaker. Do these pass audiophile muster with resolution, soundstage, micro this and that? Maybe not for the hardcore audiophiles who care more about dissecting the sound rather than music as a whole. Are these musical? Darn right.. I can see why these get passed down as family heirlooms. If these sound awesome with my digital setup, I bet they blow people away with tube amp and a good turntable. That will have to be my next project sometime. Hearing the original Klipschorn as a kid got me into the hifi hobby, these keep me in it. Addendum: I keep reading some people say you need a subwoofer. I say are you nuts? These are being used in a modest size room like 12x14' and there's plenty of bass. And it's very tight and quick, presumably because it's a sealed cabinet and not reflex design. I have been getting into more and more electronic music specifically trance lately. I am playing John Digweed's Bedrock right now and they are cranked up and it's like being in your own techno club. I suppose if you need the lowest octave, punch in the gut bass then fine, get a sub. I don't think most people will need it. I'd say try it without one first. I mean these things have 12" woofers for pete's sake. If you're using them in a cavernous room and have the floor space for a big sub, then by all means, add a 15" sub. I guess rule of thumb, if you have room for a sub maybe you could add one. My listening room doesn't have room for one and doesn't need one. Also, these speakers will reveal cheap/bad electronics. If they sound harsh make sure you're using a cheap bestbuy receiver. If on a budget, i imagine a NAD C 316BEE would sound great or the D3020. If you want to move up some, I bet a Peachtree Decco 65 would sound great. I'm using a Wadia 151 I got on sale for $450 and it kicks butt and it's 25wpc but 25 high quality watts. If you really want to kick it up and match component price to speaker price, I'd go for a Rogue Audio Cronus or Sphinx. You don't need a ton of power, just good power.
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on April 22, 2016
One of the formative moments for me, as a young dude, was listening to a pair of Klipschorns powered by a Conrad-Johnson tube amp at a Hi-Fi store. I'd listened to a lot of pretty swanky gear, but those K-Horns sounded REAL. The jazz group was in the room with me, full sized. The music sounded so alive. It made most of the rigs I'd listened to up to that point sound small, compressed, and a little wanting. Not that other speakers sounded bad, but they sounded like speakers. The Klipsh sounded like the band. Many, many years would go by before I'd hear another speaker that captured my attention in this way.

Fast forward to me, as a duffer that finally had enough money to buy the occasional luxury item. By then, I'd listened to amazing systems featuring Revel, Bowers and Wilkins, Magnepan, Vandersteen, and so on. All amazing speakers. Most beyond my price point. Most impractical for my space constraints. As were the Heritage Klipsch speakers.

Except the Heresy, which is either the largest of all bookshelf speakers, or kinda tiny for a floorstander. I elected to use it as the former, replacing a pair of nice RB-600s, also by Klipsch. The RBs were the nicest speakers I'd ever taken OUT of rotation. The Heresies had their work cut out for them.

The speakers came in perfect shape. No dings, no problems. I took off the risers, as they'd be elevated and needed to fire straight ahead. The little rubber feet work fine. They seem rather flimsy, but isolate well enough to keep vibes from going through and into whatever the speakers are seated upon.

These are old-style speakers. They're perfectly square, wide, and somewhat shallow. Like we oldsters remember from back in the day. They don't need several feet of free air behind them to make an image, though they do benefit from a bit of toe-in. Depending upon your tastes, removing the grilles will either reveal the magic of a fully-packed front baffle or just mechanisms better hidden. The grilles are a bit of a trick to get off, but they're magnetized, so they cling well and easily when you put them back on. Also, they're pretty tough. You don't have to worry about them being easily busted up.

Okay, down to brass tacks. The sound.

The Heresy, as alluded to, is not the most bass-heavy speaker. I chose to pair mine with an SW-112R, and found it easy to coordinate them. The sealed nature of the Heresies make their bass roll-off smooth and predictable. Setting the sub at 60 or 70 HZ and running them full range is my preference.

These are subtler speakers that one may expect. They may not suddenly wow you with ALL THE AUDIOPHILE FEELS. They don't pretty up the sound of records with terribly production values. If the mastering is harsh, the Klipsh speakers will pass that along. With that said, they will reveal themselves to you, and their quality will unfold when you're patient.

First, these speakers will play clean and loud. Really, really loud. One great pitfall of these damned things is that you can give yourself ringing in the ears and a bit of a headache from too much sound pressure. Because you don't get the tell-tale compression and harshness that less dynamic speakers will give you, it's not always obvious how loud you're playing the tunes. You've been warned.

Second, the midrange horn is, well, pretty rad. It's not just the notes, it's the texture of the underlying harmonics of them that you'll begin to notice. With overdriven electric guitar, you'll notice chewy interior bits to the notes that speakers often don't convey. There'll be a Rhodes electric piano bit in a song and voicing of the instrument will be so well illuminated. With really well recorded disks, you'll notice small things like this that add to the certitude of the listening experience. Macro level stuff is well handled, too. These are just about the only speakers that can actually create a palpable impact with midrange tones. Usually, you'll only hear that with live music. Imagine the sudden dynamic swell when you're right in line with the bell of a saxophone, for instance.

While the Heresies don't go super deep, their delineation of bass notes is stellar, and throwing extremely loud low tones at them never elicits a loss of composure. If you love to hear what the bass player in a band is doing, these are great speakers for that. The best I've heard in my environment. If you need ultimate low bass slam, there are many subwoofers that will assist your cause, and I've found the Heresy model to be easier than a ported speaker to get smooth transition from. If you primarily listen to acoustic music, it's very possible that the lowest bass notes will not be missed. Although the sealed nature of the system can't bring in those tones with a swell of reflex drive, they are reproduced, just at attenuated volume. If you're going to use them for movies, though, the sub is probably a necessity.

The top end is not stringent, if the music doesn't call for it. I've detected no "cupped hands" issues with the horn drivers. They are directive, so if you're sitting well off axis, you may see a collapse in the stereo image. That said, the image is quite good, and some sounds can seem to arise far outside and even above the speaker's line of transmission. I wouldn't say they were the most holographic imaging speakers I'd ever heard (Hales Audio, if you care. Probably long defunct as a company, but man...) Perfectly good image, however.

Having a pair of "real" Klipsch speakers has been a dream for me since I was a kid. I took a lot of hours listening to these to make sure I wasn't a victim of confirmation bias in this review. I don't think I am, and others I've brought in have backed up my findings with their own ears. That said, some will find the price a little steep. For a product with this many positive attributes, made in the USA, I think it's pretty reasonable. Recommended for the listener who values dynamics, clarity, and the allure of a classic design.
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on February 5, 2017
With a sensitivity of 99 db the speakers are a perfect match for my single ended ampler which only produces 8 W/ch. The high sensitivity of the speakers also provides all the small musical subtleties in the music, i.e. you do not have to turn the system up to the level of sonic pain in order to hear the music as it was recorded. But if you like the pain of really loud sound, turn your 100W/ch amplifier all the way and try to stay in the room with these speakers. These speakers are capable of producing extreme sound levels. Any distortion you hear will be from your amplifier, not from these speakers.
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on July 16, 2016
I really enjoy these speakers as they provide a rich sound with excellent range. They fill the room with music that seems to come alive. I drive these with a 150 watt Amp and at 40% the performance is overwhelming. Remember though that reproduced sound is just that a reproduction. To hear a live symphony orchestra you'll still need to leave the house, unless of course you're rich.
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on October 17, 2016
I love these Heresy lll Speakers. The sound is clear and the highs and lows are right on for any type of music you like. I'm sure they will last a life time or until I upgrade to the next level of Klipsch.
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on November 13, 2014
These are the second pair I've heard. Loved the sound quality of the Heresy speakers 40 years ago, so I got these to be my home office speakers. They're large floor speakers, but beautiful, and the room filling sound is oh so worth the price.
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on September 21, 2015
Have had for a few weeks now and love the sound. I tend to play at low volume and this provides a very rich and dynamic audio experience without being cranked up. Sound is important to me and these speakers really do the job.
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on June 10, 2014
The Heresy model has been around since the late 70s. I got my first ones in 1982. They sound great ( they kind of come at you) even at low volumes.
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on April 15, 2015
Really enjoy the Heresy lll. They replaced Klipsch Quartets which still are in use in another room.
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on December 7, 2011
I have had these now for more than a year. Quality of sound is marvelous. They look nice too. Sturdy built and should last a long time.
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